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What is Organic Food? The Definition of Organic Food

The Organic Food Movement

Organic Food: What Makes Food Organic

Organic Food: What Makes Food Organic

“Organic” has been a major buzzword throughout the past decade and beyond, with health conscious eaters clamoring for organic produce, organic canned goods, and even organic dog food.

In fact, organic food is the fastest growing sector of the American food marketplace, with organic food sales growing by 17-20% a year for the past few years, far exceeding the growth of conventional food at only 2-3% a year.

But what exactly is “Organic”? For those new to the “Organic” movement, let’s start with the simplest definition. Organic foods are foods that are produced without synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. The term “Organic” can apply to pretty much any food category from fruits and vegetables to grains like wheat and rice to livestock to dairy products. Continue reading